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Blog – A Chilling Walk In San Francisco

Here are some images I captured with my camera one day here in San Fransisco, CA. The tall building is the Marriott where I was placed in a beautiful room on the 35th floor (4th from the top) with a panoramic view of the city below, the tall hills in the distance and...

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Blog – A Veterinarian’s Christmas Story

I wrote this a long time ago and decided to reprint it here today, December 25, 2019. It really doesn’t have anything to do with Christ so if you are not a Christian it is still OK to read this. What this story is about is faith – on a cold winter’s night....

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Blog – An Iconoclast In The Horse World

It is the start of 2021 and the world is in a disruptive way. Our lives are nothing like they were a year ago. So why not join in? I am a self described iconoclast (a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions) in the horse world. I intend to drill a small...

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Blog – Honesty – A True Story

This is a true story and all of my true stories are true but this one will seem a stretch for a moment. You will nod your head (or shake it) as you either agree with it’s honesty or become shocked when the words this man said to me settle into your consciousness. This...

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Blog – I Want To Do The Best For My Horses

Horse owners are experiencing an information overload. It is not only with our horses but with just about every subject of interest to us. In 2018 we were introduced to the new word INFODEMOLOGY, which describes this recent phenomenon. The study of the INFODEMIC is...

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Blog – Pull The Tooth!

Please read this first -This post has received a lot of comments. Before you post your question, please read all of the comments at the end to determine if it has already been asked.  Remember, I cannot give you direct advice….. see disclaimer. This week a horse...

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Blog – Rhubarb Pie, The Orbiting Earth and Your Horse

When I was a boy my Mom grew rhubarb in the garden. She was very proud of the crop and while it grew she would dream of the rhubarb pie we were all going to be blessed with in late summer. I hate rhubarb pie. There was nothing good about it and I dreaded getting a pie...

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Blog – Speechless In A Case Of EOTRH In A Horse

(This blog’s header photo is of a horse that is moderately affected with EOTRH) Every once in a while I become lost for words.  My mind becomes numb and my jaw freezes.  My eyelids slowly sweep moisture across my eyeballs as I try to bring things into focus.  My...

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Blog – The Best Interest Of The Horse

The Electrician We should all agree that when we see any professional, we expect that professional to work in our best interest. This would include any service professional from auto mechanic or electrician to any kind of doctor. I just had an electrician come to my...

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Blog – The Trouble With Dentistry As Seen By A Human Doctor

I came across an article on Dr Joseph Mercola’s website.  He is a functional medical physician who is prolific in content helping humans understand their health.  I discovered him when listening to many podcasts as I search for information that will help our horses...

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Decay Of The Profession

It is with a sad heart I write this blog about the professional decay in my profession of equine veterinary medicine. The story told here is true as it was told to me today by a a very kind and generous man I’ll call Jay (not his real name). He is almost 80 years old,...

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Disrupters

Disrupters shake things up and disturb the peace causing the people around them discomfort, annoyance, anger, grief and a lot more negative things – usually.  They can also lighten up a party.  They usually have a mission of changing things up.  They have the...

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Horse Basic Care And Safety – Euthanasia

SummaryArticleVideosRelated Material Welcome to this topic page.  Right now I have not written an article and summary but be sure to check for images in the gallery. As time moves on I am adding summaries and articles, videos and podcasts so eventually there will be...

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Horsemen, Surgeons And Equine Dentistry

Horsemen, surgeons and equine dentistry have a major flaw that was made evident at the AAEP in San Antonio, Texas in 2017. The flaw isn’t easy to explain and has taken me decades to understand. This year Dr Jack Easley (treasurer of the AAEP, author of several text...

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Podcast #011 – Drug Classes In Horses

There are 3 very basic classes of medications in horses that I want to describe today to help horse owners understand what they are and why there is a price difference. Legend drugs are the original product protected by patents and are sold under a famous marketed...

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Podcast #018 – The Right To Prevent

As horse owners, we have a right to protect and to prevent injury and disease from happening to the horses under our care. However, owners are being blocked at every turn by caring people trying to make the lives of our horses better. But are they able to do this...

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Podcast #023 – Houston We Have A Problem

The equine veterinary profession is at a breaking point. There is little incentive for developing new horse vets. The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) knows it and is putting together a task force to address this. They are asking all but the people...

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Podcast #032 – The AAEP Discusses Laminitis In Horses

On October 13th, 2021 The American Association Of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) had a virtual meeting of 4 professionals involved in the care of horses suffering from laminitis. This is a crippling and often life-ending painful affliction of the hooves of horses. I...

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Podcast #038 – Horses In Addition And Subtraction Of Science

Horses have been around for about 55 million years.  They have been with humans for about 4000 years.  They have been replaced with machines in many parts of the world in the past 70 years. Diseases including obesity, Insulin Resistance, Laminitis, Cushing’s,...

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Podcast #040 – Keeping Equine Practitioners In Horse Practices

Horse owners are facing a shortage of equine veterinarians if they live any distance from horses living in a dense population. The cost of a veterinary education and the poor return on the student’s investment compared to their small animal colleagues is the biggest...

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Podcast #042 – A Review Of A Horse Magazine

I am on a path of revealing just how science works and why it is a well orchestrated drama to usually promote an agenda. I try not to be cynical or even blind but in this age of slogans such as “Follow the science” I need to define not what science is (I did this in a...

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Podcast #049 – Why Do We Go To The Horse Barn?

Why Do We Go To The Horse Barn? Helping Horses Thrive In A Human World is what we do at The Horse’s Advocate. But what about us? How do we thrive in this human world filled with tragedies and unrest? The answer is simple. We go to the barn! What are the mechanics of...

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Podcast #050 – Horse Seminar Summaries

I attended 3 equine seminars all with veterinarians discussing different matters: 1) “How Horses Think” put on by Cornell University (not the vet school) 2) “Laminitis Rounds” put on by the American Association of Equine Practitioners 3) “Fiber intake, Fermentation...

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Podcast #051 – Horse Owners Experiencing An Infodemic

Infodemic is a blend of “information” and “epidemic” that typically refers to a rapid and far-reaching spread of both accurate and inaccurate information about something, such as a disease. As facts, rumors, and fears mix and disperse, it...

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Podcast #052 – Conflicting Information For Feeding Horses

My last podcast (#051) was about the infodemic we are experiencing in the horse world. This is where there is so much conflicting information about the care of horses. In this podcast I want to look at the infodemic in only one aspect of horses – how we need to...

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Podcast #053 – Horses And The Road Less Traveled

Robert Frost, the poet, wrote about coming across two roads in the woods. One shows a lot of activity while the other is pristine and unused. Which way do you choose? Suppose you know the active path, and it feels comfortable. There are known obstacles along this...

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Podcast #054 – Entropy And Horses

Entropy means the natural and required decrease in energy, moving organized things into disorganized things and eventually ending in complete chaos. It is the description of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (one of the only three laws that forces everything on earth...

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The 2014 AAEP Convention

Salt Lake City, Utah was the meeting site for thousands of cleaned up equine veterinarians this past weekend. I wore my new jeans but kept my comfortable cowboy boots on. The weather was a balmy 60 degrees and sunny. The news reports were complaining that the ski...

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The 2018 AAEP Meeting – A Summary

Above is the Marriott at the San Fransisco 2018 AAEP meeting.  I was on the 35th floor overlooking all of downtown. Veterinarians are smart people and well educated scientists. They may love horses and have compassion for their health and care. Unfortunately they have...

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The Death Of Horses

The text said, “I need to talk with someone I trust.” Her 7 year old horse had just died from an impaction colic. What words could I say to help her overcome her loss yet allow her to grow from it? Our phone conversation, boiled down to its essence, was about two...

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Why Do I Bother?

Why do I bother attending meetings if what they say I disagree with? Why be part of a group that is subsidized by feed companies (whose names are printed on the credentials lanyard) when my belief is that grain is hurting our horses? But right now I’m heading to San...

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Decay Of The Profession

It is with a sad heart I write this blog about the professional decay in my profession of equine...

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Disrupters

Disrupters shake things up and disturb the peace causing the people around them discomfort,...

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The Death Of Horses

The text said, “I need to talk with someone I trust.” Her 7 year old horse had just died from an...

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Why Do I Bother?

Why do I bother attending meetings if what they say I disagree with? Why be part of a group that...

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